An island is an island, right? Not in Mozambique, it’s not.
Even local celebs have their favourite Mozambican hideaway, with the likes of Mbali Nkosi, Moshe Ndiki, Amanda Du-Pont, Proverb and Liesl Laurie all holidaying here.
You too can live like a star with a getaway on any of these exotic Mozambican islands…
Head to Bazaruto Island for a break on the beach.
Visit the wellness sanctuary at Anantara Island Resort before heading out on a sunset cruise with a cold sundowner in hand. For more out-to-sea adventure, how about a snorkelling trip to Neptune’s Nursery?
Where to stay: Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
Getting there: Reach the resort from Vilanculos International Airport. LAM and Airlink both operate scheduled flights to Vilanculos and the resort is accessible by either a charter flight, helicopter or boat transfer.
Families or couples? Both. The resort’s beach villas are suitable for couples who want a romantic escape. Families have the added benefit of a children’s centre, keeping the little ones entertained with a variety of games and toys, as well as other organised activities that are family orientated.
What makes it special? The resort’s exclusivity and luxury feel. It is also a perfect location to explore the Bazaruto Archipelago. Enjoy laid-back lazy beach days, on-site or try dune boarding or diving.
Best time to travel? The best time to visit is May to November, which are traditionally the cooler months with less chance of rain.
Budget? From US$550 per person sharing per night.*
Quilálea Private Island
Are you looking for a really exclusive location? Quilálea Private Island, a private, entirely uninhabited island paradise is surrounded by a marine sanctuary in the Quirimbas Archipelago near Pemba.
Where to stay: Azura Quilálea
Getting there: Visitors fly into Pemba International Airport with LAM or Airlink. Transfers are by helicopter.
Families or couples? The resort is ideal for couples.
What makes it special? The chance to enjoy your own piece of a private island.
Best time to travel? It is cooler from May to November, with less chance of rain.
Budget? Starting from US$825 per person sharing per night.*
This crescent-shaped coral island near Nampula was once the capital and trading centre of Portuguese East Africa, a rich bazaar of European, Arab and Indian cultures.
Where to stay: Feitoria Boutique Hotel
Getting there: Visitors fly into either Nampula International Airport or Nacala International Airport with LAM, fastjet, Kenya Airways or Airlink. The hotel is accessible by road transfer, which takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Families or couples? Feitoria Boutique Hotel is well suited for all ages and traveller preferences.
What makes it special? The island is a UNESCO world heritage site and has a beautiful cultural background. It is perfect for the adventure traveller, who is looking to learn more about Mozambique’s history and heritage.
Best time travel? May to November.
Budget? From only US$132 per standard room per night required.*
Dreaming of a tropical island holiday that won’t break the bank or take hours to reach? Consider Inhaca island, 30km offshore of Maputo.
Where to stay: Nahyeeni Lodge
Getting there: Land at Maputo International Airport, with resort transfers operated by boat.
Families or couples? The destination and the lodge are ideal for both families and couples.
What makes it special? A hop from Maputo, it is ideal for a quick getaway. It has beautiful beaches, warm waters and delicious seafood flavours.
Best time travel? May to November.
Budget? From US$165 per person sharing per night.*
*Correct as of August 30, 2018. Ts and Cs apply.